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These Things Happened: A Road Trip to Topeka's Equality House

Photo of Equality House painted siding by Chris Loffelmacher

On a recent trip to visit my family in Oklahoma, I was able to take a road trip with my dad to Topeka, Kansas and visit the newly painted and recently founded Equality House. Just across from the Westboro Baptist Church, the Equality House draws hundreds of visitors just like me every day.

While I was there, a whole family was being photographed in front of the house by Equality House's founder, Aaron Jackson. After he photographed them, he turned to us and said, "Would you like me to take your picture?" As I handed him my camera, I said, "If it's not too much trouble," and Aaron replied, "I do it about 150 times a day; no trouble at all."

If You Can't Stand The Heat, Go To the Movies: Special Saturday Film Presentation of Wall-E

Denver Public Library is the coolest place to be on a hot summer day. We're turning down the lights and serving up a film treat for the whole family. Join us for a large screen presentation of Pixar's modern fairytale, Wall-E. 

With beautiful animation and grown-up themes of consumerism, mass consumption and unrequited love, WALL-E is entertaining for the most discerning film enthusiast while at the same time capturing the imagination of kids. It's a visual delight.

This film is being shown in conjunction with our morning cooking demo series United State of Food, which centers on food supply education. Come to both events or just cruise in for the movie.

Film On The Side: Denver Public Library hosts an outdoor showing of the new classic UP

Join Fresh City Life for our first ever outdoor film presentation. We'll have some chairs waiting for you, but you can bring a favorite blanket or pillow to sit on. Bring the whole family, too; Up is a great film for all ages.

We'll have some iced beverages and snacks for you -- so bring a little walking around money. Then kick back and enjoy the novelty of a film presented on the side of your Central Library. Free and open to the public.

Up (2009)
Friday, July 12,8:30-10:30 p.m.
Central Library, Acoma Plaza

Coming Attractions: United State of Food

Green smoothie photo from abeachcottage.com

Our favorite Chef, Shellie Kark, of KitchenCUE, will talk about the up-to-the-minute news about your food supply and share tips for making the best choices for healthy eating. 

We are leaving out talk of table manners and etiquette, in this three-part series about rolling up your sleeves, tucking in your napkin and taking your food supply into your own hands. You can stop being spoon fed information that someone else chooses for you to consume -- and educate yourself on what is coming to your table. Chef Shellie will help. We're also giving away a set of lunch boxes from The Container Store to one registered audience member!

Coming Attractions: The Blonde Who Terrorized Washington

Judy Holliday's screen persona as the smartest, ditziest blonde ever turned into Hollywood gold when she won a coveted Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn in the 1950 film Born Yesterday. Denver Public Library hosts a free screening of this film on Tuesday, July 9.

Holliday first played the character Billie Dawn on Broadway in 1946. She won the chance to bring the character to the screen in 1950 after her groundbreaking role in the Hepburn and Tracy classic Adam's Rib in which she plays another befuddled wife who turns to violence to win back her philandering husband. When she collected the 1950 Academy Award for best actress for Born Yesterday, Judy Holliday beat out Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard), Anne Baxter (All About Eve) and most spectacularly, Bette Davis (All About Eve). I'm a big Bette Davis fan, but Judy deserved the award.

Picking Parsley, Packing Picnics, and Parting with Pesto

Your tomatoes are ripening - you're harvesting your parsley - you just picked up some fresh rhubarb from the farmer's market. Now what are you going to make with all your delicious goodies? We've got some great cooking programs coming up that will give you lots of new ideas!

Make sure you have a good plan for all your fresh food so that nothing goes to waste. Join us at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch as Jennie Sanford shows us meal planning tips and tricks that will revolutionize the way you prepare meals for your family! You'll have a better understanding of the different ways to make a meal plan, how to make your meal planning successful, and cooking strategies and shortcuts to help you spend less time in the kitchen.

Get Your Craft On!

Not only are they fun to make for yourself, but crafts make great gifts too! Here are a few of the great craft programs taking place at a branch near you! Most of these events required registration, so give us a call and get your craft on!

Join us at the Sam Gary Branch this weekend for Magnet Creations. Bring in your own photo, art, or use our recycled magazines to make a unique 1" magnet or button. Perfect idea for a personalized gift! Please register: 720-865-0325 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org. Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Sam Gary Branch Library.

These Things Happened: Man Bites Dog

We recently hosted author and gastronomical adventurer, Bruce Kraig, who's toured the United States to research the very American fascination with wieners. He joined Fresh City Life for a special author talk with sampling dogs included.

Bruce Kraig traveled from Chicago to tell us tales of men biting dogs. His most recent book, Man Bites Dog, is a tribute to the all-American hot dog culture. 

These Things Happened: A Road Trip To Central City Opera

The Grand Staircase in the Teller House.

At Fresh City Life, we don't always sit around and think up amusing and diverting things for you to do. Sometimes in between thinking up amusing and diverting things for you to do, we go and do amusing and diverting things with you. You should've been there yesterday for our road trip to the Central City Opera.

6/22/13 -- Trish and I met our fellow road trippers in the garden of the Central City Opera. Then we crossed the street to the Williams' Stables where the apprentice performers were working on arias and making beautiful music. It is so fun to be inside the stable (which really is a former horse and carriage stable); the interior is loaded with old hand-painted signs advertising productions from the 30s and 40s with stars like Mae West and Helen Hayes.

These Things Happened: We got our craft on at Camp Gitchacrafton

Talented designer and camp counselor Katie Wells helps tie together our decor.

Camp Gitchacrafton entertained over 200 campers on Wednesday, June 19 and is poised to become our newest annual event.

We partied like it was 1973 and everyone needed a new lanyard. Yep, at our craft party celebrating Etsy's international night of crafting, Fresh City Life hosted four crafting workshops -- lanyards, friendship bracelets, decorated postcards and ceramics.

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